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Visitor information for Dawlish in Devon

Dawlish is a fascinating Regency resort town huddled attractively between surrounding hills. The railway sweeps along the seafront and the beach – a perfect spot for that day by the sea. Dawlish town beach and boat cove are generally busier with beach huts available for hire.

The town itself is of Regency and early Victorian architecture. The strand, built between 1803 and 1809, is impressive – it was here that Jane Austen stayed, as did Charles Dickens who made Dawlish the birthplace of his Nicholas Nickleby. Dawlish is also home to the famous Black Swans, which were brought here from Australia around 1900.

Dawlish Warren is the first among many reasons to spend time in Dawlish – it’s a mile and a half long spit of land jutting northwest into the Exe estuary, affording a huge expanse of sand and dunes for beach lovers and wildlife enthusiasts. The Warren is an international site for important wildlife - an SSSI and National Nature Reserve. It has a wide variety of coastal habitats in its dunes and the mudflats are particularly valuable refuge for thousands of over wintering and migratory waterfowl. Around 180 different bird species are recorded each year. The Visitor Centre here is open most days from April to September, where there’s plenty of information about the Warren and its varied wildlife.

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